The busker festival came to town last weekend. It is appropriately named 'Buskerfest', which is a good name, but not as good as the all things dog related festival earlier in the summer called 'Woofstock'. Now that's a festival name! Anyhow, it reminded me of some pretty fine busking a few years back by a guy named Springsteen.
I'd like to tell you that the busking in question took place during a bleak period in Bruce's career when he had no money and no future, but that's just not the case. While the money may have been a bit tight before Born to Run, he pretty much always had a future.
Bruce and the E Street Band were touring Europe in 1988 in support of the 'Tunnel of Love' album. They arrived in Copenhagen a couple of days before their gig and, with some time to kill, Bruce went out for a stroll. He happened upon a street musician named John Magnusson, aka JoJo. I don't know if JoJo always carried two guitars with him on his busking outings, but it seems he had two on this day.
I can only guess how things transpired, but I imagine Bruce walking along, minding his own business, hoping to not be recognized. Perhaps he was mindlessly enjoying the sights of Copenhagen, or perhaps he was deep in thought, thinking about Patti, maybe composing a great song, or maybe he was just contemplating who would win in a fight between Superman and the Hulk.
Whatever he was thinking, as he wandered toward the small crowd gathered around Jojo, his keen musician's eye spotted the unattended guitar. Not one to pass up a lonely guitar or an audience, he waded into the crown, walked up to the busker and stared young JoJo down.
Who knows what really happened, or what Bruce was contemplating as he wandered, but thanks to an audience member with a video camera, we know what happened once Bruce got his hands onto that lonely guitar.